Jeff Gordon Should Be In Chase In Midst Of Race Scandal At Richmond

Jeff Gordon

Peter Casey- USA TODAY Sports

We all saw what happened Saturday night. We saw Jeff Gordon become a victim of Michael Waltrip Racing as it appears that Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers colluded to help their teammate Martin Truex JrNASCAR did the right thing by punishing Vickers and Michael Waltrip Racing general manager Ty Norris, who instructed Vickers by manipulating the race.

As confirmed by Waltrip via ESPN, “What occurred on the No. 55 radio at the end of Saturday night’s race in Richmond was a split-second decision made by team spotter Ty Norris to bring the No. 55 to pit lane and help a teammate earn a place in the Chase … we regret the decision and its impact.”

Where does this leave Gordon? He’s out, but Bowyer, the person who really started all of this by causing the caution, gets docked 50 points in the Sprint Cup regular season standings … which were reset as the chase begins this coming weekend, so the penalty means nothing.

Gordon missed the chase by one point from Joey Logano but before the caution came out in the final stages of the race, he was in the chase. Bowyer caused all of this yet he is getting away with it.

Given the caution and the Vickers incident, it doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together. NASCAR has done a great job reacting to the situation, but they have to right one more wrong by moving Gordon into the chase and moving Bowyer out. The evidence is there — the only question is if NASCAR has the guts to pull Bowyer.

Wola Odeniran is a writer for Follow him on twitter at WolaOdeniran52, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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  • robert88871

    If NASCAR doesn’t put Gordon in and Bowyer out, I’m done with this sport! This is corruption within the seemingly only popular, yet decent family type sport left in America. NASCAR, I plead with you to right this injustice.

    • WolaOdeniran

      It’s obvious Bowyer spinned on purpose for him to get away is a joke I agree with you.

  • Allen Smith

    what will joey have to say if he takes it happy he is as low as no class mwr ,that just me I know he did nothing wrong but he should not be there in jeffs spot.

    • WolaOdeniran

      I’m not a fan of Joey Logano either but he didn’t do anything wrong this time. It’s MWR. Take Bowyer out, and Gordon in it should be good.

  • merlin64

    NASCAR doesnt want jeff in the chase so they wont put him in as they should no matter how it affects the sport and its fans!!!!

    • WolaOdeniran

      All of this is shady more needs to be done.

  • terro9000

    Now we’ll find out if Nascar rules Toyota or if Toyota OWNS Nascar. Either Gordon is IN, or I’m OUT. I really don’t think Nascar has yet realized how HUGE this decision is for them with a “ripple effect” that will last for years and years. Bowyer should probably be beaten to a pulp.

  • terro9000

    NAscar, just put in 13 cars this year if you can’t be fair,(cuz Toyota owns Nascar’s balls). It’s really the only thing. If not. Gordon should find Bowyer on the track and put him in the wall for 3 or 4 races and it will be “settled on the track”. Then the 38 for a few races, then the 55, until it costs MWR more than the loss for Gordon. I’m just pissed. Nascar is teetering on the brink of obscurity again and they will likely do the wrong thing. I still don’t know why they re-instate Newman and NOT GORDON. Stupid stupid stupid. Goodbye goodbye Nascar. When you’ve lost ME, you’ve lost a lot of fans.